While visiting the Daniel Boone National Forest, we knew we had to see the Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge State Park.
On our summer vacation, my husband decided he would like to try out Woodford Reserve. He put the idea out there and my two sons and I thought it would be fun to do. So we made it happen. Here I share my thoughts on our special time at these two locations.
Here I share how I came to the point of actually starting my essential oil journey. It took me some time and much thought. I want to share my process and will periodically come back to update how things are going. As someone who loves scented candles and health, it seems fitting to try it out.
We saw this Time Spy Short Film while at the St. Louis Art Museum yesterday. I had not heard of it before that time and was happy to see it there and watch it. Here are my thoughts on this short movie made in a new and extraordinary way.
I felt inspired to write something after watching the video, "This is America," by Childish Gambino. Donald Glover really communicated so much I think through that song and work. I truly believe it is worth watching. This is where it inspired my thoughts to go in part.
I want to share and discuss a film that I watched a couple of times recently because it is so fascinating to me and I think it is worth sharing. It doesn't seem like much at first glance, perhaps even extremely boring to some people. I highly recommend this film.
INaturalist is a site and an app that is new to me and simply amazing, in my opinion. I found out about it through their recent challenge that had 68 cities participating from around the world. It was a competition and absolutely fascinated me. Here, I share my experience with INaturalist so far.
Thoughts to ponder about life and others. What we take in from the environment and how we process it is so fascinating sometimes.
Send a letter to a friend to show your appreciation! It's never a bad idea to let a friend know you are thinking about them. An unexpected letter from a good friend can make someone's day.
The color yellow is such a bright, vivid, and happy color. In flowers, the color yellow helps to convey friendship, love, and happiness. Here are some popular yellow flowers and the photos I have captured.
Pinatas have been a great source of joy at many celebrations over the centuries. Here I share some of my personal stories as well as images of some different kinds of pinatas.
Within four months time, we have had quite a change this year. We had our two children both move out, and my parents move out of state. This is the only family we have here. Here is our story.
This is a year full of huge changes for me and my family. I mean the kind that really tug at ones heartstrings! Here is a brief rundown of our story as it is playing out currently.
Risen is an incredibly unique view and take on the story of Jesus and his resurrection. Here are some thoughts on this movie, and what moved me the most. Included is a trailer of the movie.
These are some pictures of my dog's "cousins," so to speak. While our dogs aren't literally related to us, they are like family! Here are some of their stories. They are very treasured pets!
I finally was able to attend the Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden with my husband. I had heard of it for quite some time, and here is our experience there and many pictures.
Anyone who has ever passed out candy on Halloween, knows you inevitably get some older teens coming along to get candy also. Here are some things to consider before judging them too much for this.
We visited the USS Midway recently in San Diego, California. Here are some photos and some of our experiences on this very interesting museum. We were able to get some behind the scenes views also.
When you hear the word home, what comes to mind? Do you ever miss your home? Is it where we grew up, a house we lived in, or an area we are from? Here are some thoughts on what home means to me.
I have a feeling I am not alone in my preference to driving over air travel. Here are some thoughts about driving vs. flying by airplane as of these last few years.
Celebrating fireflies is a fun thing to do, and the firefly festival is a great way to do it! Put on by a tropical conservatory for butterflies, this event is a must see if you are able to make it!
Going to rock, crystal and gem shows can be a very interesting and rewarding thing to do. When was the last time you were at at a show like that in your area? Find out more about what you can expect
Here are some quotes all about tea, and tea time. Having a cup of tea to relax is great, or having a tea party is fun as well. Grab a cup of tea and find some fun quotes about tea here. Enjoy!
Unbroken is a movie based off a book about the story of Louis Zamperini. He and his Italian family had struggles like anyone else in America in the 1900's. The main focus is during WW2.
Over the years I have developed an easy method to organize my purchased and homemade greeting cards to send to family and friends. This allows for a system to not forget anyone either, a real plus!
A rare look into my heart and thoughts, about things that mean so much to me. Usually I don't write about such things, but I was inspired by some fellow Hubbers that also like to share their thoughts
Having a good night's sleep is critical to our health and well being. Lacking enough sleep is so detrimental and steals from the quality of life we can have. Consider these herbs for promoting sleep
Charles Courtney Curran is an amazing American painter. He painted mostly women in different scenes, as you see here in this article. From another era, these pretty paintings are peaceful and lovely
When we have many days in a row of cloudy or stormy skies, do you ever desire more sunlight? Many people do, and some can even suffer from lack of sunlight at times. These pictures give some light.
The Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the top places to visit in St. Louis. This last year, the whole city was celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. The Garden did also.
I love the neat vintage images you can find old post cards. There are some starting in the 19th century that are worth viewing. They have a classic look and feel to them, and often tell a story.
Its time for a new year, and what better way to start it off than by wishing those you care about, a Happy New Year? For those that live a distance from us, letting them know we care is very special.
The Garden Glow is Missouri Botanical Garden's Amazing Annual event over the holiday season. This is its second annual event. I had heard it was amazing, and it was more than that, and magical!
I'm inspired to share some winter childhood memories through a writing challenge. I read a couple of others and felt inspired to share my simple story. Time in the snow with loved ones. such a joy.
There is something inviting and relaxing about gardens in general. Here are a few examples of gardens, or portions of gardens that seemed to me to be relaxing or peaceful. I hope you enjoy the view.
Christmas is a great time to touch base with friends and family. Christmas cards are a great way, if no other way, to do that. Here are some simple ideas to get you started in writing a sentiment.
There are lots of neat events going on in St. Louis and Chesterfield Missouri, at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Butterfly house. Learn more about these events and what is going on. Have some fun!
Shaw Nature Reserve is a truly wonderful place to visit. I finally got the chance to go there and it was more wonderful than I even expected. Enjoying nature through walking and hiking here is a joy
What a surprise it is to receive a paper card in the mail! It is becoming more and more rare to get a Christmas card, let alone a Thanksgiving card. Why not surprise someone this year and send one?
Owls and Orchids, is an amazing month long annual event at the Butterfly House in Missouri. It is definitely worth looking into if you like owls, butterflies, and/or orchid and other tropical flowers
The flowers showcased here are very unique in the sense that they aren't your typical red or yellow flower. They are burnt orange, or rust brown. Nature is so amazing, I just love her colors.
The movie Mom's Night Out is an incredibly fun and inspiring movie that is a must see for all ages of moms. This is my review of the movie which to me, was more enjoyable than I initially expected.
I have come to love azaleas over the years, as they are such a lovely blooming shrub in the spring. See some pictures and find out more about this beautiful flowering shrub, planting tips included.
Come see a gallery of some of the common butterflies that can be found near the Southern California coastline. See what they look like and learn a bit more about them and their habitat there.
Beautiful rhododendron flowers against the dark green foliage are very beautiful in the garden. See some pictures as well as learn a little bit more about this beautiful shrub.
Camellias are beautiful flowers that grow on small shrubs or trees. They grow best in the southern United States or similar kinds of climates. Find out more here on growing tips and varieties.
Snow crocus bulbs are a great option for a early blooming spring perennial. They are among the first things to emerge from the ground after a cold spring. The bees are happy to see them as well.
Blue Morpho butterflies are among the most beautiful on the planet. See some various pictures of them, as well as learn a little bit more about this amazing butterfly.
Gustave Le Gray has been called the most important photographer of the 19th Century. See a gallery of his photographs, as well as learn a bit more about this interesting photographer from France.
Snowdrop flowers are lovely little gems in the garden, wherever they bloom. See some photos and learn more about growing Galanthus flowers in your own garden. While small, they are very beautiful.
Witch Hazel is a truly interesting, helpful an early and sometimes late bloomer. From using as a remedy to using in landscaping, see some of the different kinds of witch hazel varieties there are.
Bearded iris flowers are some of the most exotic looking and gorgeous flowers around, in my opinion. Here are some that I've captured with my camera, as well as some tips for growing your own irises.
The bright yellow black eyed Susan flowers that I see every summer are a joy to behold. They take center stage wherever they are. Here I share some pictures and information about growing them.
Going to a local orchid show can be a very relaxing and educational thing to do. Here I share some of the pictures I took of some of the favorite orchids I saw at a recent show.
Whether you live in the Midwest or are traveling there soon, these are some of the butterflies that can be seen there. Sometimes areas overlap, and you can get a stray or two from other regions also.
Oriental Poppies make such a grand statement in the garden. I love their bright colors, especially the orange ones as you see pictured in this article. They are great to have blooming in the garden.
Victorian gardens are truly something to behold. Find out some of the basics to Victorian Gardens, their flowers, and see some photos of one of my very favorite Victorian Gardens to date.
The Scarlet Peacock butterfly, or Anartia Amathea, is a very pretty and interesting butterfly. They come also in brown. Find out more about this butterfly as well as see some pictures and videos.
A closer look at the tree of life and knowledge from the point of view of the greater biblical context, as well as from other views. See some examples of these trees as done by artists over the years
Clematis flowers are strikingly beautiful in the garden. They will supply you with man beautiful blooms with some basic care. The climbing vines bring a whole new element of interest and beauty.
Butterflies and moths normally need warmer weather to even get their blood warm enough to fly. It is interesting learning more about the lepidoptera, etc. that survive in much colder climates.
Pictures and information on blood flower, also known as milk weed, butterfly weed and asclepias. These are great flowers for the different stages of butterflies, and put off pretty little blooms.
It is such a joy to see nature "wake up," so to speak every spring. I truly love this time of year. With this last winter being so harsh, it is especially welcomed this year more than ever I think!
Asiatic lilies are beautiful and they can be found in many different colors. Here are some that have come across my path, as well as some tips on growing your own. They are great gifts.
Rose gardens are one of the many beautiful things in life, in my opinion. You can get lost in them and enjoy nature with the senses. The St. Louis Botanical Garden has their own lovely rose gardens.
Going to the Alton Brown Tour was a great memory and a lot of fun. We were not disappointed and learned a lot as is usual with Alton Brown We would highly recommend going i you get the chance.
Here I am sharing my movie review of Son of God, out in theaters now. It is an interesting drama of a very familiar story to many of us. I wanted to see it and compare to other versions of the same.
The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly house in Chesterfield Missouri is one of my favorite places to go when I am in that area. Come see what this amazing place is all about, as I share photos and more.
These are some thoughts on the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham on the topic of, Is Creation a viable model of origins in today's modern scientific era? It took place in Kentucky on 2-4-14.
Valentine's Day is a great time to use come creativity to show your loved ones or friends how much you care. Here are some ideas I have used in the past for making cards on Valentine's Day.
When entering into a discussion or especially debate, you want to make sure that the other party values these three things: Logic, Reason and Truth. It is the basis for good debate and discussion.
These are some tried and true tips that I have learned along the way, for interviewing for a new job. By doing these things, it can make what can be a tough thing, it a more pleasurable experience.
As we approach the day we remember Martin Luther King Jr. , it seems a good time to reflect upon such an amazing man, and all he stood for. A set of images are here to help us do just that.
Candles are a nice way to add a wonderful ambiance to our living spaces. Between the glow of the candle and possibly fragrance, they bring much joy. Here are some reviews of 1, 2 and 3 wick candles.
These are some quick thoughts on a sometimes highly controversial topic - that is, the age of the universe. Some basic thoughts to consider before assuming too much about the age of the universe.
There is a pervasive entitlement mentality spreading the USA and elsewhere. Here I share one particular area of abuse. People are hopping on the bandwagon by abusing it, but it isn't really free.
This movie by Disney was surprisingly cute and fun with a deeper storyline than one might expect. Here is a review of this charming movie by Disney.
Layering of perfumes is often suggested to consumers that want to be able to smell their perfume or cologne later in the day, long after the scent usually fades. Does it work?
Part two of the Hunger Games Trilogy, Catching Fire, does not disappoint! I would recommend seeing this movie. This article discusses the movie but more so focuses on the ideas that come from it.
We ate a second time at a wonderful steak restaurant in Branson Missouri called the Texas Land and Cattle Steak House. It is our most recommended restaurant to date in the Branson Missouri area.
Our ideas and philosophy about life really do shape our lives. This in turn helps to make or break our lives in our short time on earth. Here's to promoting wisdom over self defeating pride.
Gerbera or Gerber daisies are bright, bold and fun flowers. Whether in the garden or used in a beautiful bouquet, you can't go wrong with this cheerful flower.
This is a hub to celebrate the lovely gifts that come from our kids over the years. I hope to never forget all the little thoughtful gifts and special times spent together. Life is precious!
Frontier Park is a lovely park that runs along the beautiful Missouri River in Old Town St. Charles Missouri. They have many activities for the community year round. It is rich in history as well.
An article showing the beautiful Biloxi Lighthouse in Mississippi. Its beauty even earned the right to be a part of a series of lighthouse United States postage stamps. Learn more about it here.
The power of encouraging words or thoughts should not be underestimated. Consider sending a card or note of encouragement to someone today. Here are my thoughts and ideas that might inspire you!
This is a hub sharing some photos of old barns that I think have a beauty all their own. I asked myself why capture them on film or digitally like I do? They seem to be becoming a thing of the past.
When observing human beings, one can't help to see the struggle with the resisting authority.. How authorities we disagree with can be a good thing, and how defying them can hurt us sometimes.
The Great Gatsby is a movie I can't recommend enough. Having seen it twice now, I would probably see it again just for the sheer pleasure of it. Here is my review of the movie.
It is amazing how quickly another year comes and goes. You never realize it more than when its your birthday. Here is what my family did for me this year on my birthday. A true joy and pleasure.
Making money sending your unwanted items and clothing to consignment stores can be a rewarding way to make a little extra cash while tidying up your living space. Find out more here.
One of my favorites is the grap hyacinth flower. They are also known as Muscari Armeniacum. They are just so cute, and such a deep rich blue or purple colored flower. Oceansnsunsets Personal Photo Library After winter every year, come the first...
Losing a Mother or Father has to be one of the hardest things in life. Here are some ideas of what you can say in a sympathy card. Sending or giving someone a note or sympathy card is so thoughtful
This is an effort to remember the people and events of the Holocaust. It is a responsibility we all have to never forget, and to never allow anything like this to ever happen again to any group.
It is so important that we all remember the Holocaust. It should be obvious why we need to remember it, but here I share why I think it is so important, at least in part. Photo gallery included.
Rich magenta or purple orchids. One of my favorite things to do is to take photos of these beautiful orchids! They truly amaze me. Oceansnsunsets Personal Photo Library Here is the outside of the Missouri Botanical Garden in Missouri. It was the...
These are some thoughts surrounding what occurred so long ago on a day called "good Friday." It was a rough day, but also a day of everlasting meaning for what it accomplished through Jesus, Gods Son
This is rose photo gallery just for the joy and beauty that roses bring us. In this case, the focus is peach, orange and coral colored roses that I have had the pleasure of photographing.
Artists have many subjects to work with, but one of the most timeless subjects I think is love. I hope you enjoy this gallery of art images depicting different lovers in art over time.
Visiting the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial is a wonderful thing to do when in the St. Louis Missouri area. A very educational and fun time to be had for all.
I love gardens and raked gravel or sand in gardens is especially beautiful to me. This is a small gallery of photos that share that art that can be found in beautiful gardens. See how some gardeners incorporate raking into their gardening.
I have some thoughts about spiders that may be familiar or foreign to you, depending on your particular views. Here, I share some ideas that you could consider the next time you find a spider indoors, where you don't want them to be!
Living in the Midwest has had its shares of joys in the area of wildlife. We have enjoyed living here, and one of the main reasons is for the wildlife we get to see. Here are just some animals we have seen so far here, but there are many more that could get on that list.
Sharing where my beagle Molly is at on her journey in this life. We found out she has a fast growing tumor, a mammary or breast tumor. It is breaking my heart, but in case this might help someone else, or if others have anything to share, it is worth writing about here.
The importance of water in our lives can't be underestimated. Since creeks and streams are a vital part of nature, we ought to be taking the best care of them possible. Here are some ideas.
Les Miserables is a must see movie. Here is an article, my review of this amazing movie. I can easily recommend the 2012 version, but recommend all the different ones actually. A riveting story.
I loved having hermit crabs when I was a child. Once, I lost my hermit crab, and was devastated. I couldn't find it. That wasn't the end of the story though. Find out what else happened.
Selling Tupperware was a great experience in my life at one time. Find out more about my time with Tupperware and the company.
It was a matter of time before I wrote a hub on Waking Ned Devine. I simply love this feel good movie, and never tire of seeing it. If you haven't seen it, or even if you have, stop by and find out more or share your thoughts. It takes place in Ireland, and you will find yourself smiling...
When I was a stay at home mom, I used to sell candles in the evenings with a candle company that used the hostess and party system. Perhaps you have heard of these parties, or been to them or even sold yourself. This is my story of how I got involved in PartyLite and my experiences with it. It...
This hub shares some examples in video form, of people getting tattoos they might really regret later on in life. Come see examples of some bad ideas, and think hard before getting your next tattoo. Don't be paying for a tattoo, just to go pay for laser removal later on, or at least think it all...
The Queen Mary has an interesting history and is a wonderful place to visit while in Southern California. Find out more about this interesting ship here.
Sunflowers are one of my very favorite flowers in the world. They seem to bring so much warmth and joy to any garden in which they grow. Whether planted by us, or by nature herself in wild sunflowers, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, and the wildlife! Here is a gallery of some of my photos...
At some point in life, we have some kind of interaction with birds in one way or another, whether positive or negative. Most of the time, people usually care about their fellow creatures that we share the planet with. These are a few of our stories of our interactions with birds. I have a...
This is a photo gallery of butterflies and orchids together, though rather small. I was thrilled to capture these two things together when I could. Before capturing these, I would never have paired the two together.
This is a photo gallery of some of the animals we saw while in Yellowstone National Park. We saw more than this, but it wasn't always easy to capture with the camera. I think the wildlife was one of our favorite experiences there.
This is a little celebration of one of my favorite things in life, sunsets! These are simple, sporadic snapshots of different sunsets over the years, a little photo gallery of sorts. Sunsets warm the soul, and bring joy, and I hope you get a glimpse of some of that here, perhaps.
This hub is a mini photo gallery of sorts, showcasing garden waterfalls that people could create for their own gardens. I love waterfalls of all kinds, but these man made waterfalls can add such beauty and refreshment to life if we chooses to
This is a gallery of garden photo galleries I have shared in the past on Hubpages. Its a unique collection, or a glimpse into some of the photo galleries of things I love. I have many more photo galleries than are represented here, but these are some that give a sense of the rest.
Sometimes the old fashioned simple toys are among the best for kids to play with. We are living in a different time than many of us grew up in, and it makes thinking back to the days of simple toys all the more special. Here, I share some of the creativity that has come from use of simple toys...
Here you will find some information on another lovely little creature named the Grey Pansy Butterfly. I love butterflies, and this was another I was able to capture with my camera. They aren't too fancy to look at, but are very sweet and beautiful all the same.
Ideas for growing different types of plants and flowers in pots. A photo gallery showing some neat ideas I have come across and want to share. I hope to grow more small trees in pots in the future.
It can be great to discover older beautiful silver pieces of jewelry. Bring your silver back to life with the easiest tips I have ever found to clean silver.
Warning, this is a sad story. If you are an animal lover, you may not enjoy this. My hope is to share what happened and find some answers, or help someone else in their research. Has anyone else had this happen to a bird's nest in your area?
Hermit or land crabs can be such fun creatures, even though they look a little strange close up. Here are some facts and experiences shared about land crabs, or hermit crabs.
It is a great idea to shower a mother with love on Mother's Day. Here I share some ideas of gifts for her, or ways of being thoughtful. Even if you have no money, consider remembering her.
As a flower lover, bearded irises always catch my attention and I think rightly so. They are a pretty flashy and interesting flower for sure. See a gallery of iris flowers in gardens, and more in this hub.
Taking nature walks is one of my favorite things to do.. No matter the time of day, you can appreciate nature while on a walk. Here are some photos I took while on some of those walks.
the City Museum is an incredible place that is almost hard to describe in words. If you ever are in the Saint Louis Missouri area, I hope you will consider visiting this amazing, place. You would never forget it! Read more about this very fun place for kids and adults alike.
The two day battle of Shiloh in Tennessee back in the Civil War was a very awful and bloody battle. So many lives were lost. Find out more facts about this battle, and see images of the preserved National Military Park still around today.
Sage is an herb that is worth looking into if you are wanting to grow a great herb in your garden. Find out more in this article about how to use and grow sage.
Shiloh National Military Park is an interesting place to visit in Tennesee. A two day Civil War battle was fought here, that had unusually high casualties. Find out more, and see pictures of how they have preserved this place to this day.
Just like flowers, you can find the colors of the rainbow in butterflies if you look closely. Here I share a rainbow of colors in butterflies and their names, as well as where they are from.
Visiting and taking a tour of the Historic Daniel Boone Home and the Boonefield Village is a joy to do. Here I share my experiences and photos.
These photos were taken today, on Easter, while also remembering my Father who passed away almost exactly a year ago now. He taught me to love nature. He would have been happy that I thought of him while enjoying nature on this happy Easter day. A kind of flower diary, if you will.
These are some interesting, artistic images from the Ukraine. They are in vintage postcard form, and are celebrating Easter in particular.
A collection of images surrounding the account of Jesus rising from the dead so long ago. Over the centuries, artists have continued to make art surrounding this event. You can begin to get a feel for all the different styles and contributions given to this story. I hope you see something new...
These images of Jesus, during his persecution, trial and death, are just a reminder of what happened over 2000 years ago, as the Bible shares. This is part of makes Easter such an amazing celebration to so many today.
Thomas Kinkade, the Painter of Light, is one of our favorite artists. It seemed a fitting time to express our love of him and his amazing work, as he passed away at such a young age. My condolences to his family. I hope you take time to get to know this amazing man's work, if you haven't before...
"Christ is Risen from the dead!" In Russian. I love this Easter postcard, it is fun and has beautiful colors. Photo 1 By Post of Russian Empire, unknown artist / ???????? ?? ???????? ?? ?????? [Public domain or Public This one is extra unique to...
This is an image gallery of some rather unique images, that are old fashioned, or vintage style postcard for Easter. The theme throughout in this article is the Easter egg. There are a lot of Russian designed eggs in this artwork.
I love Easter and nostalgic and that includes nostalgic images. These can be fun to just view like a gallery, or to use for your Easter crafting needs. Take a little Easter stroll back in time, with the focus here being on Easter chicks in particular.
This article shows a few Easter bunny images from days gone by. They are old fashioned greeting cards that really are fun to see. You just don't see them made like this anymore. I share ideas on what you can use them for in crafts, if that is something you like to do.
Sending and receiving Easter cards can be such a joy in spring each year. These are some ideas you can use to put into cards, or you can use these ideas to be a springboard for your own ideas. Happy Easter!
Receiving a card at Easter is a very special thing. These are some ideas of what you can put into a card for your Christian friends and family at Easter.
Disneyland is one of the happiest places on earth. Here, I share some of my favorite, faster rides from Disneyland. I like so many more but this is a good start. If you have never been, I hope you can go one day.
This article is written to introduce a basic concept of where Transcendental Meditation came from and what it is exactly.
There are many bead and jewelry making supply stores in the Saint Louis Area. These are a few of my favorites. While there, you can do some great sightseeing as well.
Helping the poor in our communities can sometimes seem like an overwhelming thing to do. Here, I share ideas on ways I have found to help in little ways over the years. Just keeping an ear out for opportunities is sometimes all it takes. While no one thing is a huge thing in and of itself, the...
The Hunger Games is an interesting movie that I just saw. This review shares a little bit about the story line and my thoughts on it. It is very thought provoking film, and I recommend it overall with a little warning for younger children.
Each one of us needs a way to feel peaceful and tranquil at times. For me, nature and beauty fit the bill. I absolutely love being out in nature, or just observing it in other ways. Come see some of my photos that help to inspire calm and peaceful feelings. I hope you enjoy.
When two people finally decide to tie the knot, then make all the plans for a wedding, congratulations are in order! Here are some thoughts and ideas compiled together to give you some help in coming up with a special message for the bride and groom.
It is always so nice to hear from a friend. Letting a good friend know that you are thankful for their friendship is a wonderful and easy thing that anyone can do, anytime. Here I share some ideas of sentiments you can put in a card to a friend.
Struggling to write an encouraging note? Here are some ideas to encourage a friend or loved one. A small note can mean more than you think!
There are movies that really made an impact on us as kids or teenagers. Some are just fun to watch, full of adventure, some are intriguing and you have to see where the adventure leads! Others make you want to see if they can really stop the "bad guys." These are three of my favorite movies from...
There is one thing that really makes me smile every spring. That is, the first flowers! Who can resist enjoying them? I share some photos of the first flowers of spring from my area. Take a little stroll with me!
At the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, you will see some amazing Mosaic Art work. I am so glad I went to check it out, and I was blown away by what I saw there. I took a small tour and loved it.
People can be cruel. Revenge can seem so sweet an option at first glance. Consider all things before taking revenge on someone that has hurt you. Here are some tips I have learned along my own life's journey and things I have observed in others lives.
Joseph Kony 2012 is a video that is dedicated to stopping a brutal warlord in Africa. He has been on a horrifying power trip, destroying many families and lives, and doesn't even seem to have a purpose for his child army. Consider looking into this, my son shared it with me and I want to share it...
Our amazing sun is at it again, giving off a double whammy of flares creating a huge solar storm coming our way.
I love blue morpho butterflies and had the privilege of seeing some recently. This is an article about a very special annual event that I hope to go to in the future as well.
Teaching our children is a huge responsibility and privilege. The decision on how to educate them can be a hard decision to make. Here are some thoughts we have in our family, and our experiences on the subject.
We see a lot in this world. Are people evil? Do they do bad things? Do we need to fight to do good sometimes, and is it easier to do the things we know are wrong? Some thoughts and ideas on this are shared here.
Do real miracles really happen? How do we define miracles? What lengths do we go to deny or accept strange things that go opposite of the direction they were going before? Read some of our experiences, and why I am thankful for the miracles in our lives.
Travel to Greece right now might be a crazy idea for most people. I hate to see what is happening there, and in this hub I am discussing some of the updates I have heard along with my thoughts on going there again.
Southern California is an amazing place full of more than you can possibly imagine. This hub is sharing some of the best reasons for living in California.
These are some tips I learned and gathered over the years I have grown sunflowers. With one little seed, you can reap so many benefits, as can the wildlife around you. I also share some of the sunflowers we have grown and enjoyed in photos.
I once went on a little vacation to Oahu's North shore in Hawaii. I share how we came to go there in January of one year. We had a nice relaxing time with no real agenda. We just enjoyed the island so much.
A first job is not something that any of us are likely to forget. I was thinking way back to my very first job of which I am so thankful for. It meant so much to me to have a kind employer from the get go. I know not all are so lucky.
My first childhood pet was a huge and handsome boxer dog named Bruno. This is the story of Bruno and how he interacted with our family and other members of the neighborhood, etc. I miss him so much!
Not many names in history are as widely known and recognized as Jesus Christ, across the boards, in so many cultures. What can we know of Jesus exactly? Find out some of the very interesting details
See some different photos of bromeliad plants in this hub. I share my experience with bromeliaceae and a little factual information as well. Curious what your thoughts are on these very interesting plants!
Sculptures are a big part of many communities. After taking these photos of different sculptures and statues, I started to pay a lot more attention to the art that was all around me every day. This is a gallery of photos of different sculptures I have taken in the greater Saint Louis Missouri...
A orchid flower gallery showing a variety of multi colored orchid flowers. I took these photos in a variety of places over the last couple of years, as I love orchids. I hope you enjoy the orchid gallery and the different colors and designs.
It can mean so much to send a note of sympathy during a family's time of loss and heartache. These ideas may be of help if you are looking for the words to add into a card or note, or they may help you to come up with your own ideas.
Writing a sympathy card to a religious friend? Not to worry. Here are some ideas for what to write in a thoughtful, sympathetic, and religious card.
Weddings are special times, and deserve a very special wish or congratulations. Add a nice touch to your card by using one of these sayings, or let these ideas help generate one of your own.
Need inspiration for a card of congratulations? Look no further. Whether a friend has had a new baby, an anniversary, gotten a new promotion, or graduated, congratulations are in order!
Sending a thoughtful note can make someone's day. Here are some ideas of sentiments you can include in a "thinking of you" card or note.
These are some ideas you can use for what to write in an Anniversary card. Let that special couple know you wish them the best on their Anniversary and in the years to come.
Celebrate your friends by giving them a meaningful card! Here are some ideas of what you can write in a friendship card. Let your friends know that you care!
Writing a note to let someone know you are thinking of them is a very thoughtful thing to do. Here I am sharing some ideas that you can use in cards or notes to let someone know you care. Whether homemade or store-bought, my hope is that you might be able to incorporate something you find here for...
Write your friends and loved ones cards of encouragement! Some ideas for what to write on a Christian card of encouragement.
I am a lover of orchids, they simply amaze me. I have a tradition of making a trip to see the orchid show in Saint Louis that they have every year. I started this a few years ago, and wanted to share some of my photos and my experience with you.
These are some photos of flowers of different kinds that I captured either close up with my macro lens or close up in macro mode with my Nikon D5100, which is new to me still. There are tropical flowers to ones found in my annual summer flower garden for butterflies.
Photo of a Waxy Tree Frog By Adrian Pingstone (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Our Frog Stories Being the mother of two boys, you can imagine that I have had my share of reptile and amphibian experiences. If fact, i had to remind...
Some examples of different rhizomes and learn a little bit more about them in this article. They don't look like much at first glance, but they are amazing in the garden, in regards to what they can produce.
I came across some art pieces that really made me take a second look. I love these pieces that are about voyages long ago, on hot air balloons. You will see various artists here, and I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I did the first time.
It is so nice to get a note or card of congratulations when you get a new home. Here are some words that you can use to congratulate people who are moving into any new place, be a home or apartment, etc. Change out the words as needed to make it more fitting and meaningful.
Sending a special greeting to the parents to be of a new baby can be very meaningful. Here are some ideas of what to put in congratulations on your baby card, or baby shower card. Use the messages as you find them here, or adapt and change the words to be more fitting.
Here are some ideas that I have for what to write in a thank you note or card. Why not show your gratitude to someone today? It will mean so much to them.
Be a bright spot in the life a child today, by letting them know how special they are. Let them know how proud you are of the good they are doing. It can mean so much. This hub is dedicated to sharing a few ideas that you could put into notes or cards. I hope you find something to use for a...
Remember someone on their birthday by sending a note or card that lets them know how special they are. You can use the sentiments shared here as they are, or change some words around to make them your own. Thinking of others is always a nice thing to do.
Remember Mother's this Mother's day with a thoughtful sentiment that fits her perfectly. Whether using these ideas as they are, or letting them jump start your own ideas, you will make someone very happy this Mother's Day.
Looking at different artists depictions of how they put seascapes on canvas is such an interesting thing. I love the ocean, and am amazed at how artists used that topic as the focus for these art pieces. I hope you enjoy them like I did.
Sending a card or note to someone that's not feeling well can mean more than you know. If you have ever received a card at a time like that, then you know firsthand how much it can brighten someone's day!
Saint Patrick's Day is just around the corner. What a fun time to remember someone special in your life. The sayings or messages here are sure to inspire you to come up with a great message for your note or card. Or, you can just use them as they are. Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
It is a joy for new parents to receive a card for their new baby boy or girl. When that child grows up, they also can see that card that was sent just for their arrival in this world. People often keep cards, long after an event, and they can bring...
It is so thoughtful to send a thank you card to someone that has done something nice for you. Even if you can't repay what others have done for you, words of thankfulness can go very far and mean more than you know. Several ideas are shared here for what to say in a thank you note or card.
These are ideas that might help in knowing what to write in a get well message for a card or note. You can make a big difference in someone's day, by cheering them up with a simple note or card.